Dear Friends of Safeplaces RBWM
MILLIONS of families have already lost their homes, businesses and loved ones, while many more are fleeing Ukraine to escape the horrors of the recent invasion. Millions are currently displaced and increasingly desperate.
The UK Government has responded with the "Homes for Ukraine" scheme to allow hosts from the UK to sponsor families seeking refuge. A stipend has been granted to offset possible incurred overheads, and the application process has been minimised. However the process is still complex and is proving to be frustrating for many of those currently engaged; it requires good internet connection in difficult, sometimes impossible circumstances, exchange of detailed information and other procedural requirements that means many are effectively trapped whilst they wait desperately for applications to be filed correctly, processed and accepted. Meanwhile, there is very little guidance or support available to prospective hosts who are matching themselves with displaced families through social media platforms and other means.
Women and Children will arrive with what they are wearing and a few personal belongings and will need much additional support. The hosted families will be able to seek employment or apply for benefits when they arrive, but for many the traumatic situations that they have endured will overwhelm these concerns.
Safeplaces RBWM has been established by a group of volunteer residents who are either hosting families or want to help those who are hosts. Help comes in many forms. From matching applicants and hosts, to advice on filling out visa applications, sharing support and networking ideas, travel advice, schools application advice, benefits and financial advice to asking tradesman for help in getting accommodation ready. The list is potentially endless, but in short we want to help to ensure: - Psychological and emotional support - Security / Shelter - Basic amenities - Help with childcare - Help and advice regards transport - English lessons - Assistance with communications / paperwork
Safeplaces RBWM asks individuals and businesses to pledge their support by donating monies so that grants can then be allocated to families to help deliver on the above requirements.
Safeplaces RBWM is here to support and encourage the residents of RBWM to host a family if circumstances permit, and to let you know that if you do, you will not be alone.
Please bear with us while our media channels are being set up, for now email/DM for further information, if you would like to help volunteer to support the scheme, or to make donations of items or services.
Alternatively call direct on: 07912101619 for further information on how to help or donate services